A simple "Thank You" can't express the extent of appreciation that is felt when someone goes above and beyond to lend a hand. And this is never more true than with the many groups that have become our invaluable partners in conserving Oklahoma's tremendous natural resources. The Wildlife Department , and in turn you as a sportsman, are blessed by these quality organizations that have made significant contributions to wildlife management in Oklahoma during the past year.
BancFirst partnered with ODWC to fund the trout stocking program at the Close to Home Fishing Pond located at Veteran's Pond in Jenks.
Lower Mountain Fork Foundation
The Lower Mountain Fork Foundation donated to help fund a stocking trailer and fish hauling tank for the Lower Mountain Fork River trout stream.
Materials and Services
Metro taxidermist Terry's Taxidermy donated 200 lbs. of venison summer sausage and 200 lbs. of ground venison for chili, both to be served at the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo Taste of the Wild booth. Visitors to the Taste of the Wild booth sample a variety of wild game while enjoying the activities and booths at the event. The much-welcomed and appreciated donation represents an approx. $3,500 value.
Bill Horn a freelance photographer donated over 200 images, mostly of birds to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife. These images can be used for publications or at will where needed.
Morrell Manufacturing Inc.
Morrell Manufacturing Inc. made a $2110 and $3100 donation to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife's Oklahoma National Archery in the Schools Program (OKNASP) in 2016. Schools across the country are discovering an exciting new program that hits the bullseye in meeting the physical education needs of their students. Through the Oklahoma National Archery in the Schools (OKNASP) Program, students have the chance to excel today, tomorrow and throughout a lifetime in the unique sport of archery. The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), of which OKNASP is a part, is a coordinated effort and partnership between schools, state wildlife agencies and the nation’s archery industry.
Blue River Fly Fishers
This donation from the Blue River Fly Fishers group was for the purchase of trout for the catch and release portion of the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area and for general improvements to the area.
Oklahoma Striped Bass Association
The Oklahoma Striped Bass Association made a donation to ODWC for purchasing equipment for the management, research or production of striped bass in the state of Oklahoma. Naturally reproducing populations of striped bass have developed in lakes Texoma and Keystone and in the Arkansas River Navigation System. Foss, Tenkiller, Canton, Great Salt Plains, Grand and Kaw lakes also have been stocked.
Oklahoma Station-Safari Club International
Oklahoma Station-Safari Club International has partnered with the ODWC for many years on many projects. Among them this year was a donation the ODWC Hunters Against Hunger Program, a cooperative program with your local processor, the Wildlife Department and YOU to provide high quality meals to Oklahoma’s hungry. Hunters who legally harvest a deer during any of this year’s deer seasons can donate the meat to feed hungry Oklahomans. The group has also supported the ODWC Stars & Stripes License Project that provides hunting and fishing licenses to veterans and qualified family members, and also to the ODWC's Law Enforcement Division.
Oklahoma Zoological Society
The Oklahoma Zoological Society donated these funds to be used thru the Wildlife Department's Wildlife Diversity Program for conservation projects in Oklahoma.
Two different Quail Forever Chapters each donated $2500.00 totalling $5,000.00. These donations are for quail habitat equipment and to improve nesting cover.